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Compare and Contrast parent-child relationships in Follower, Catrin and two other pre-1914 poems

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Compare and Contrast parent-child relationships in 'Follower', 'Catrin' and two other pre-1914 poems In the following poems we see various interesting examples of parent-child relationships. Some are easier to relate to than others but most communicate the stages of parenthood and the challenges posed by becoming responsible for another person. The poets each take different lines on how they perceive/d parenthood and the each in which their children reacted. In 'Catrin' a metaphor of an umbilical cord is used to symbolise the relationship between mother and daughter. It seems that Gillian Clarke feels that this relationship is one that can be "neither won nor lost" and a "struggle". She goes on to describe their everlasting attachment despite this temporary separation in terms of childbirth. ...read more.


Ben Jonson describes his son as "[his] right hand and joy" and is evidently proud of his heir. However the poet makes what he feels is a fundamental realisation that his Son infact belongs to God. He actually feels that it was wrong of him to put "too much hope in thee[his son]." In this case the connection was in fact temporary and says that the son does not belong to him but God. Jonson struggles with this idea and momentarily accuses God of being unfair. He at one stage feels that he would have preferred to have had no connection/attachment to his son that have it cut short or disrupted. "O, could I loose all father, now." ...read more.


Like OM the mother feels that perhaps her overbearing nature is the reason for the disaster. We get the general feeling form the mother that she would like to re-establish a connection with her son."No tiding of an only child" Margaret apologises and is willing to reconcile. She is one of the only parents in the four poems to admit her faults she is however not alone to worry about her son and fear for his development in the outside world. In Follower the son is connected to his father when he is young doing such activities as "[he]rode me on his back". It is important to understand that the child is in awe of his father's strength and the use of various metaphors show the father portrayed as "globed." ?? ?? ?? ?? Keir Stephenson1/1 03/02/2010 Poetry Anthology Essay ...read more.

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